"RIPPLE EFFECT" is a showcase that features the graduating projects from the UNSW Bachelor and Master of Landscape Architecture Class of 2021. Presenting landscape led transformations of ‘The Bays Precinct’ and ‘The Bardwell Valley Creek and Wolli Creek Corridor’, these projects draw together and synthesise the learning and skills that all students have developed throughout the course of their degree.
All projects are symbolic of the theme "RIPPLE EFFECT", which showcase the powerful role Landscape Architects have in initiating social, economic or environmental change. Each project takes on various forms, however, all intend to transcend site boundaries to be part of something greater.
Now, more than ever, Landscape Architects have become important agents of change. This exhibition considers this unique position and highlights how Landscape Architects can create positive ripples that have far-reaching effects on local, regional, and even international scales. In this exhibition, each project is unique.
This year the Bachelor’s site is located on Gadigal- Wangal land on Country, also known as The Bays West, which includes White Bay, Glebe Island & Rozelle Bay.
See here for Bays West area.
The Bays are highly contested and rich in history, from First Nations land and water management techniques, 19th Century British pastoral and then urban subdivisions, and various phases of maritime industry.
Heavy landform manipulation has exposed dramatic sandstone cuttings. Land reclamation practices have created large concrete aprons that combine with the water surface to create a unique expansive experience on site. Iconic landmarks including the White Bay Power Station, the ANZAC Bridge, the Cement Australia Silos, Glebe Island Bridge, and the White Bay Cruise Terminal adorn the site, with visual links to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city skyline.
The proposed Bays Metro Station heralds more change to come with demands for new residential communities. This studio explores all the challenges and opportunities these demands present for this unique part of Sydney.
The capstone studio is the final studio of the Masters of Landscape Architecture program. The studio spans over term one and two, with students identifying their own project site and research agenda within the broader project site. The studio site is located on Bidjigal land within an existing green corridor that connects Bexley Golf Course to the Wolli Creek and Cooks River within Bayside Council. This corridor has been identified as a priority corridor in the NSW Governments ‘Greener Places’ policy.
See here for the Bardwell Valley Parklands and Wolli Creek community ideas and aspirations map:
The Bardwell Creek Valley Green Grid Corridor is a natural asset, cultural resource, and recreational destination for local and regional visitors. The dense vegetation of the corridor provides rich habitat for several protected flora and fauna species including the Green and Golden Bell Frog and the Grey Head Flying Fox. First Nations land management practices are evident through the various middens across the site – highlighting its heritage and cultural value. The site offers swimming facilities, off-leash dog exercise areas, a community garden and private sporting facilities for the local community - with the potential to expand recreation to meet the community’s needs in the post COVID-19 climate. The master’s students have combined their research topics with Bayside Council’s vision of improving connections, protecting/enhancing the environment, conserving culture and heritage, and providing facilities for leisure and recreation, to propose future design projections for the Green Corridor.